Global's Got It!
— Network advertising slogan throughout the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s
The Global Television Network, usually known for short as "Global", is Canada's second-oldest English-language private broadcaster, and third-oldest English-language television network (behind the CBC
). It began broadcasting in 1974 with a TV station licensed to Paris, Ontario but primarily intended to serve Toronto, and with several rebroadcasters covering Southern Ontario. Originally, the schedule was done to resemble American independent stations in the daytime in parts, but in prime time, it mainly simulcast American shows, and still does today.
Over time, Global grew the beard
to become Canada's third (English) TV network, drawing more affiliates including in Winnipeg and Vancouver
. The network was long headquartered in Winnipeg until 2010 and owned by its parent company, Canwest (headed by Izzy Asper, a former leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party) up to that point, when it, along with all of Canwest's TV holdings, was sold to Shaw Communications, which then organized them into a new subsidiary, Shaw Media, and moved Global's master control from Winnipeg to Shaw HQ in Calgary. By 2000, Global became a more nationwide network, with affiliates covering most of Canada save Newfoundland and Labrador, and Canwest acquiring roughly half of the assets of the Vancouver based Western International Communications (WIC), which included longstanding independent stations in Calgary (CICT-TV, originally the city's CBC
affiliate) and Edmonton (CITV-TV, not to be confused with the British CITV kids' channel associated with ITV
; incidentially, as a longtime cross-Canada superstation, it was branded as ITV) switching to Global, as well as longtime flagship station CHAN-TV in Vancouver, which served as most of British Columbia's CTV
affiliate, long branded as "BCTV", forcing its then-affiliate, CKVU-TV, to be sold and become independent, and later an affiliate of Citytv.note
Global is the longtime Canadian home of The Simpsons
and Family Guy
, having carried the Fox
Sunday night lineup in pattern for several years, and has also hosted some of the best known shows from NBC
's Must-See TV lineup, such as Friends
. It is also the Canadian home for Survivor
and Big Brother
Some of Global's best known Canadian content includes The Best Years
, which ran on Global in Canada from 2007 to 2009 and on The N
in the U.S. Global was the original Canadian home of SCTV
from 1976 to 1979 before it moved to CBC.
From 2001 to 2009, Global had a sister network, CH, named for its flagship station, longtime independent station CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario. other Its charter affiliates were CHEK-TV (originally a CBC affiliate and later CTV affiliate serving Vancouver Island) in Victoria, British Columbia and CJNT-TV, an ethnic independent station in Montreal (soon to become a Citytv affiliate). It later added former CBC affiliates CHBC-TV in Kelowna, British Columbia and CHCA-TV (previously CKRD-TV) in Red Deer, Alberta, the latter being heavily Retooled
to broaden its reach to Calgary and Edmonton. In 2007, it was rebranded as E!, using the name and logo of the more well known American cable channel
under license from Comcast (the local newscasts would switch to using their call signs for branding). However, this began to be questioned by 2009, when, as a result of the economic meltdown, Canwest felt that it no longer needed a second TV network, and sold off the E! stations (some of them for as little as $1) in Hamilton, Victoria and Montreal, all of which became independent, with CHCH mainly focused on a "rolling news" format throughout the day and movies in prime time. The station in Kelowna was retained and became a Global affiliate, and the station in Red Deer went silent on August 31, 2009. Over a month later, CBC affiliate CKX-TV in Brandon, Manitoba, owned by CTV, similarly went silent. (In 2010, CTV converted its cable channel Star into a new Canadian version of E!)
After Canwest filed for bankruptcy, it was effectively split in two: its publishing operations were sold to Postmedia (a new company led by National Post
CEO Paul Godfrey), and its broadcast properties (including Global) were sold to the Shaw cable company, who has since pulled a Saving Throw and invested heavily in the stations (heck, from February 2009 to October 2011, the Toronto station didn't even have a morning show!
), restoring local newscasts, adding new ones, and establishing a new news network for British Columbia.
Also noteworthy for Content Warnings
preceding religious shows, which previously stated, "The opinions expressed in the following program are those of the participants, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Global Television Network". note